Sunday, April 20, 2008

Avs advance

It came down to one final faceoff, the last battle in a grueling series full of them. Joe Sakic versus Mikko Koivu, 21.7 seconds left, with the opportunity to advance to the second round of the playoffs on the line.

Sakic won it. So did the Avalanche. Bring on the next foe.
Jose Theodore was very, very good in what I saw of this series, and if he's come to play, Colorado could be hard to beat. They upgraded at defence and forward at the deadline, and played much of the season with some pretty significant injuries.

At full strength, this is a tough lineup.

For Minnesota, the injuries on the blueline were just too much to overcome (not to mention Gaborik's disappearing act).

The other three Western Conference series can all end Sunday, and if the teams up 3-2 all close things out, it'll be a Red Wings-Avalanche and Sharks-Stars second round.

The thing is, both Detroit and San Jose are going to have to win Game 6 on the road to make that happen. Montreal-Boston's already headed to Game 7 on Monday, and my guess is we'll see one or two series go the distance out West.

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At 9:08 a.m., April 20, 2008, Anonymous Danny said...

Red Wings and Avs? I think we really are in the 2001 playoffs.

At 9:56 a.m., April 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detroit has to finish off Nashville first, and the Predators are a tough nut to crack.

But if they can win the series in six games and get some rest and avoid injury, Colorado-Detroit would be a fun storyline for the second round - depending on what Calgary does.

At 12:25 p.m., April 20, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

If Legwand and Arnott remain out, it (should be) an easy win for Detroit today. I said the same thing on Friday though...

Hey james, no opinion on the octopus rule the league passed to kill a 17 year old tradition in Detroit?

At 3:35 p.m., April 20, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Hey james, no opinion on the octopus rule the league passed to kill a 17 year old tradition in Detroit?

Try 56.

At 4:34 p.m., April 20, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

I think the "twirl" is a little younger, but I might be wrong. Regardless, we can probably both agree that the rule is idiotic


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